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Some of you may know this already, but among the world of indie authors, getting a review from BigAl’s Books and Pals is no small accomplishment. According to statistics released by the site, “In the twelve months ending February 28th, 2013, BigAl and the Pals received over 1,400 books to consider for review. Almost 300 of them were selected, read, and reviewed.”

I’m completely humbled down to my toes to know that two of those titles were mine, and one of them, Drawing Breath, has been selected as one of the books they felt stood out as an exceptional example of indie writing. (Their words, not mine, and they’re enough to make a girl do a Snoopy dance and then collapse upon her fainting couch. Smelling salts, anyone?)

DrawingBreathCover_BorisB&P divided these books into eleven categories. Drawing Breath has been nominated for Contemporary Fiction. Starting at 10:00 Eastern Time on Monday, March 18, you can vote for your favorites in each category. I hope you’ll swing by and give me your vote; I’d appreciate your support.

I’m also doing a Snoopy-dance for my author and editor friend, LB Clark, whose anthology, Music Speaks, was nominated in the Short Story Collections/Anthologies category. It’s a pretty fabulous undertaking for a charity that helps musicians, and it includes short stories by two of my favorite writers, JD Mader and David Antrobus. Learn more about the book and the foundation here. David Antrobus also received a solo nomination for his outstanding memoir, A Dissolute Kinship.

Voting automatically enters you into B&P’s giveaway. You can learn all about that here. Voting ends at midnight, April 1, and final results will be announced the morning of Wednesday, April 3. Winners get some great exposure on B&P’s website, and, of course, a shinier badge. Drawing Breath is a story very close to my heart, and I would love to bring it into more peoples’ lives.

Thank you!

[Voting notes: The form doesn’t like Internet Explorer. Once you get to the site, log in with Facebook or your e-mail address. Click on the downward-facing arrow in each category to see the books nominated. Click the open circle to the left to make your selection and “Enter” to register the vote. Clicking on the title will give you more info about the book.]